Retrieving & Printing Files from a Restricted Access Domain Drive

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OS: Windows Server 2008 using a domain.  Workstations are Windows 7.

We have a drive call it “Testing” with many folders.  One of the folders under “Testing” is “Results.”  The files in testing are updated on daily basis. “Testing” is on a partition with several other shared folders with many sub-folders.  

For example, Drive G has five shared folders, Accounting, Marketing, Sales, Testing and Training.  Each of these shared folders has a unique set of users and restricted permissions.   What would be the easiest way to grant read-only access to a group of users (salesdept) to the folders and files in “Results?”    I sense the permissions using G$ would be a nightmare.  

Would it be reasonable to create a folder under Sales and update the files in “Results” in “Sales” from the files in “Results” on “Testing” using a DOS batch file.

Do I have other options? If so, what alternatives should I consider?


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What would be the easiest way to grant read-only access to a group of users (salesdept) to the folders and files in “Results”?

Have your network administrator set up a User Group and then assign all appropriate users as a Member of that User Group.    No VFP work involved.

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Granting rights to the folder is seperate from sharing it. You can share a folder to the world, if the access is only granted to some domain group, only those with access rights will be able to read or write files or whatever permissions they have on that folder.

So you can reuse the same share for any department, just give them the appropriate rights on the files and everything's good.

Bye, Olaf.

PS: Think about it this way: Even without a share of a folder or drive, people having read/write/execution/other access to drives, folders and files, can address it via UNC path names. So the file access rights are your major safety anyway.

Still don't take it literal, of course sharing folders adds to the attack vectors of malware, hackers etc. So you don't share a folder "to the world", if you don't need to, eg for a webapp.

But you can grant different permissions to sperate users or user groups on the same files, of course.

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